The Tennessee congregation of the U.S. Congress all introduced a bill on Monday to name a new federal courthouse in Nashville in honor of the late Fred Thompson.
Thompson, a former attorney who served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973, passed away in Nov. 2015 following a battle with lymphoma. He also served Tennessee as a U.S. Senator from 1994 to 2003.
“Tennesseans and our country were fortunate that public service attracted Fred Thompson. His personality had a streak of magic – he was authentic, purposeful and principled – and he worked hard," U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe of Johnson City, TN, said he was proud to honor the legacy of his friend who rose from humble beginnings to national prominence through hard work and perseverance.
The courthouse was approved for construction in 2016 and is located on Church Street in Nashville.
The bill now goes before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation Committee.